So things are moving along fairly quickly with our kitchen renovation. As you can see, the framing, electrical and drywall is mostly completed. You can also see the outline of the “pass” — a window into the kitchen that will be framed by a support beam on the left and a flush wall of appliances, cupboards and counter space on the right. Through the window will be a counter top with, perhaps, a drinks fridge underneath.
As I wrote previously, the open floor plan of our former kitchen invited everyone to come and congregate between the range and the cook’s work area, turning every dinner party into a frottage fiasco. Like many open kitchen plans today, ours brought too much of the action into the cooking area.
With the renovation, we want to encourage onlookers to visit other parts of the house or stay on the sidelines. If you come into the heart of the kitchen, you are there to help, or at least stick your finger into the sauce.
So most folks will be entering this area of the house from the right side of the picture above. When they come in, they’ll see the dining room straight ahead and family room to the left. If they turn right, they’ll see into the kitchen, and if they walk around the wall, they’ll come to the edge of the kitchen island, where stools, beverages and easy access to the fridge await. Hopefully this semi-open arrangement will be inviting but not “let me put this beer down on the cutting board where you’re slicing meat” inviting.
In the meantime, we’re living out of our mini-fridge. I’m eating a lot of small mangoes (which I’ve taken to peeling like a banana) and crackers.
We’ve also started to (gulp) buy more prepared and frozen food. I’ve always been such a snob about this stuff, but I’ve got to say that Stouffer’s frozen lasagna has been a godsend for the bottomless pit that is my 12-year-old.
But I’m thinking a visit to Trader Joe’s may be our future. Maybe I’ll finally become a convert.